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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hello! I have been playing the violin for 21 years and have been teaching professionally for 10 years. I have a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of South Florida and am passionate about teaching beginning to intermediate violin. Lessons will help you not only learn songs and the fundamentals of violin technique, but they will also cover a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, and more. Let's get started!
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Celia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

Hello! I began studying the violin at age 12 in my middle school orchestra and has been playing ever since (21 years!). I received my Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Music Education from the University of South Florida. I have been teaching professionally in the classroom since 2010, and am currently the Orchestra Director at a local middle school. Currently, I also conduct and teach for the Sarasota Youth Orchestras and am a part of the faculty of the Sarasota Orchestra’s Summer Music Camp (I am also alumni of this program!). I proudly serve as the District Chair for our area for the Florida Orchestra Association, and is an active member of the Florida Music Educators Association. Along with my love of teaching music, I also perform my violin in the area at various events in my community.

Because of the vast amount of classical repertoire that's been written for the violin, I mostly focus on these types of pieces with a focus on technique (so you can be the best player possible). However, I there is an awesome amount of literature that is just fun (fiddle, pop, etc.) so I am here to help and teach you with those types on genres as well!

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Strings Adjudicator
Nov 2017 - Present
Florida Orchestra Association

Adjudicate Solo and Ensemble Musical Performance Assessment events around the state for various districts for the Florida Orchestra Association.

Orchestra Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
Rowlett Middle Academy

Teach Orchestra to middle school students.

District 11 Chair Person
Jul 2017 - Present
Florida Orchestra Association

*Volunteer position* Set up and run events (such as Solo and Ensemble Musical Performance Assessment and Concert Musical Performance Assessment) and deal with the bookkeeping for school orchestras for 4 counties. I also serve on the State Board.

Jun 2010 - Present
Sarasota Youth Orchestra

Conduct and teach Camerata Strings for the Sarasota Youth Orchestras. I also conduct for their summer camp each year and teach violin sectionals.

Violin Teacher
Jan 2017 - Aug 2017
Music Compound

Taught private violin lessons to children, teens, and adults.

Orchestra and Chorus Teacher
Aug 2010 - May 2017
Braden River Middle School

Taught Orchestra and Chorus to middle school students.


Masters Degree in Music Education
Aug 2013 - Dec 2015
University of South Florida
Bachelors Degree in Music Education
Aug 2003 - Dec 2009
University of South Florida


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching Certificate
Jun 2015
Florida Department of Education


Nominee for Teacher of the Year
Oct 2016
Braden River Middle School


American String Teachers Association
Aug 2015

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Florida Orchestra Association
Aug 2010

FOA Mission: Provide support and training for members in teaching, leadership, and advocacy. Empower members through mentoring and continuing education. Empower members through mentoring and continuing education.

Florida Music Educators Association
Aug 2010

The mission of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida Students as a part of their complete education.

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